Sierentz County - Uffheim

The village formed part of the high bailliage of the seigniory of Landser of which it constituted in the 18th century a provotship. In its time, Uffheim was especially known for its mills, 5 in 1773.

Old Landmark of Uffheim
Old Landmark of Uffheim

The old mill (1838)

Right at the beginning, at the number 1 of the rue du 20 novembre, one sees one of the old mills of the locality, the Werbenmuhle. At number 3, is an industrial complex installed in barracks of before 1939. At number 42, one can see a sundial carrying the name of the Bacher provost and the year 1771.
Behind the town hall dated from 1840, take the rue de l'Eglise (church street), circumvent the sanctuary, to join the ue du Général Béthouard. Beautiful old houses at number 13 (1606), 11 (1696) and 7, the old residence of the miller.



Saint Michael Church
Uffheim depended formerly on the mother-church of the Hochkirch and it is in 1782 that the old chapel became parish church to yield its place in 1829 to the current sanctuary which preserves a bell-tower of the 14th century.
The church contains two paintings of the native artist of the place, Sebastien Gutzwiller (1798-1872), the first representing Saint Michael and the second the Immaculate Virgin. On the right side altar, a painting of another local artist, Louis Heimburger (1806-1882) shows the sorrows of Saint Sebastian.

Photo Tableau

The sorrows of Saint Sebastian (Louis Heimburger)

Visits: Each first Sunday of June, May, July, August, September, as well as on July 14 and third Sunday of September, days of the Open Gates Historic buildings.
Entry adults: 12F, children less than 16 years; 5F
groups of more than 20 people: 10F.
Guided tours on Rendezvous for groups every saturday and Sundays from May to September included.
Information: Town hall of Uffheim to the

The Aeschenbach Casemate
Link of a long chain of fortifications built from 1929 to 1940 on a front of more than 600 kilometers from the North and the Ardennes to the Swiss border, this casemate belonged to the fortified sector of Altkirch which covered the Sundgau from the Rhine to the Alsatian Jura.
The " Aechengraben " casemate is one of the 32 casemates of infantry built in the Sundgau and reinforced by seven artillery casemates with two pieces of 75 each (range 11 kilometers). Two of these artillery works are located at one kilometer behind, in Werbenmühle of Uffheim, a third at Sierentz close to the Hospital. Their mission was to prevent a possible enemy overflow by the Basle area and the Swiss territory.
With thicknesses of concrete exceeding 2,25 m, an armament made up of two anti-tank guns of 47 mm, of two machine-guns of 8 mm, a watching- and close-defense-bell of 17 tons, this block was occupied by a crew of about 20 men and a warrant officer. A lieutenant controlled a group of 3 to 4 casemates.
This old fortification, dismantled in 1972, was taken in charge in 1991 and, as an element of the communal historical heritage, completely restored by the History Societey of Hochkirch (société d'Histoire de la Hochkirch). It is about the only casemate renovated in High Alsace, enbryon of the memorial museum of the Maginot Line in South Alsace.

More information in the book
"39/40 dans le Sundgau"
from La Société d'Histoire de la Hochkirch

Website of the casemate:
presented by
l'Association Mémorial Maginot de Haute Alsace

Sierentz County - the villages